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Digital Voices

Date and Time
Wednesday, March 6, 2002 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Computer Science Small Auditorium (Room 105)
Cristina Lopes, from Xerox PARC
Perry Cook
Aerial acoustic communications are remarkably successful in biological systems, most notably in humans, but they have been ignored or dismissed in computer networks. There are good reasons for this: the data rates are relatively low when compared to other media and the sounds tend to be annoying. But as computers get more ubiquitous, and as more and more devices support a channel for voice or music, sound becomes a cheap, secure and intuitive alternative for transferring small amounts of information among devices that happen to be near each other.

As any other modems, the design of these "air modems" must account for factors such as the data rate, the error probability and the computational overhead at the receiver. On top of that, these modems must also account for aesthetic and psychoacoustic factors. I will show how to vary certain parameters in standard modulation techniques such as ASK, FSK and Spread-Spectrum to obain communication systems in which the messages are musical and other familiar sounds, rather than modem sounds. Some applications of this technology will be discussed. I will also present the basis of a framework for studying low bit rate communication systems including air modems, bird songs, and human speach.

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